Oct 30

On October 31 Apple released the first update to High Sierra, OSX 10.13.1. There were a few teething issues with High Sierra 10.13 so the release of 10.13.1 might be a good time to upgrade.

My ‘Software Update would not find High Sierra or the upgrade. I went to ‘Software Update’ only to be told ‘No Updates Available.’ If this is the case for you,  you can download High Sierra manually by going to this link:

http://appstore.com/mac/macoshighsierra (It’s 5.5GB)

The upgrade (10.13.1) is here:

https://support.apple.com/kb/DL1941?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US (2GB)

Read on for a couple of tips before you Install High Sierra. Continue reading ⟩

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Sep 10

 

Lots of websites are running articles about whether High Sierra (OSX 10.13)  will run on your current model Macintosh computer. The bottom line is, if your machine runs Sierra, it will run High Sierra. The hardware specs for 10.13 are exactly the same as for 10.12. But as usual I suggest you wait until the first update comes along before you upgrade. There are always a bugs in the first release.

If you are still running Yosemite (10.11), now might be a good time to upgrade to 10.12.

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May 15

All applications and documents on your Macintosh computer have something called icon.  An icon is the picture that you see next to the filename of the file.  For example, the picture above is a picture of the icon for the Apple messages application.  Normally you won’t want to go messing around with icons but sometimes there may be an occasion where you want to change an icon. For example Apple have a generic ‘folder’ icon for every new folder  that you create,  but you may want to give the folder your own icon to make it more visually recognisable.

Here I have change the icon of a folder called ‘Places’ to a cartoon of a house to make it stand out.

Read on for how to do this.

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Oct 27

sierra

Overnight Apple released an upgrade for macOS Sierra,  but it doesn’t seem to have addressed the Time Machine backup issue.  If you have not yet upgraded to macOS Sierra I would hold off a little longer.

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Oct 01

sierra

Just a heads up that Mac OS Sierra has some major issues:

  • windows redrawing slowly and funny glitches on my screen. (still not fixed)
  • time machine backup is broken –  I cannot backup or restore from time machine back up.  (still no fix. Apple have some suggestions about  resetting the PRAM but that didn’t seem to change anything.)
  • downloads not working in Safari –  they stop before the download has completed. (now fixed – Dec 2016)

So if you are thinking of upgrading to Mac OS Sierra, I would be holding off until at least the first software update.

 

Mar 12

osx installer

It’s very handy to have a bootable version of OS X on a thumb drive.

I have written how to do this using a program called DiskMaker X,  and I have written about how to do it from the command line here,  but after doing this a few times I find the most reliable method is the one outlined below.   It uses Apple’s built-in disk utility.This works with any version of OS X. Mountain Lion, Yosemite, El Capitan etc. You’ll need an 8G USB thumbdrive.

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